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  Jan 20, 2018
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Business Administration

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The undergraduate business program prepares students to participate in a global economy.  The program provides the broad education necessary for successful business management in a rapidly changing environment and is designed to develop skills and attitudes of mind that will enable students to cope successfully with the emerging problems of business management.

School/Departmental Requirements:

To earn a B.S. in Business Administration at least 50% of the total credits earned in business and economics must be taken at the University of Maine.  Business and economics coursework must be completed with a 2.0 (“C”) cumulative average. 

A C- or better is required in all business core classes and those classes may be repeated only once.   

First year students may take BUA 201 and BUA 202.  Sophomores (24 or more degree hours) may take BUA 235, BUA 325, BUA 220, BUA 301 and BUA 302.  Juniors (54 or more degree hours) may take any other 300- or 400-level business course for which prerequisites have been met unless the course specifies “Senior Standing”.  Class standing requirements aare never waived.

Students who wish to transfer to the Maine Business School from other programs or institutions must have a 2.5 g.p.a.

The Business Program has three components:

  1. The General Foundation (60 credits).  Throughout the program students acquire a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences.  Through courses in English, communications, international studies, mathematics, computer science, economics and psychology, as well as electives, students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.  Within this component, the student will satisfy the University’s general education requirements.
  2. The Business Core (30 credits).  The core business courses provide an understanding of the functional areas common to most businesses: accounting, finance, law, marketing, management, management information systems, production and operations, international business and strategy.
  3. The Major Fields (15-18 credits).  Students acquire advanced knowledge of a major field (accounting, finance, management, or marketing) by taking five courses (six in accounting) beyond the introductory level in a chosen major.  A concentration in International Business can be elected in addition to a major.

    Note: The remaining 12-15 credits needed to qualify for graduation can be filled with any course offered at the University.

Prospective CPA students:
Students who intend to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accounting) examination must have completed 150 credits including a baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 15 credits in accounting. One option recommended for University of Maine students is to complete the baccalaureate degree in business with a major in accounting and then complete the UMaine MBA or MS in Accounting. Students should strongly consider an internship in accounting sometime during their program.  

General Foundation - 60 credits

I. Arts and Sciences Core (37 credits)

II. Outside Electives (23 credits)

These 23 credits may be chosen from the offerings of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the School of Economics, or any non-business course that satisfies a general education requirement.  Students should use these credits to complete the University’s general education requirements that are not satisfied by the courses above (3 credits each in Western Cultural Tradition, Population and the Environment, Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives) as well as to complete a minor or pursue an area of interest.

Major Field (15 - 18 Credits)

All students complete a major field  in at least one area of Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing.  A concentration in International Business may be chosen in addition to a major.

International Business (students must complete a major in accounting, finance, management or marketing)


Any two internationally related courses that have been approved by the advisor or the Associate Dean.

Suggestions include:

Free Electives (15 credits, 12 if in Accounting)

Any courses offered at the University of Maine will fill these electives.

Suggested Curriculum

Note: Students should consult their advisors and take responsibility for satisfying all prerequisites.  This curriculum is only a sample and assumes the student is a traditional first year rather than a transfer student.  Mathematics, for example, should be taken as soon as possible. 

Second Year - First Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Note:  It is critical that business students complete BUA 325, 350, and 370 by the end of the 1st semester of their junior year in order to complete major field requirements in management, finance, and marketing within the normal four years of college.

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year

  • BUA 449 - Strategic Management Credits: 3
  • Complete upper level classes in the chosen major and all required general education classes.
  • Credits / Units: 12

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